Endangered delicacy: tropical sea cucumbers in trouble

11 Feb 2022
Sea cucumber
The prickly redfish, an endangered sea cucumber fished on the Great Barrier Reef, and globally. Image: Dr Kenny Wolfe.

Overharvest has put the Great Barrier Reef’s tropical sea cucumber populations in peril, researchers have revealed, with strong demand for this delicacy from East and Southeast Asia.

A team led by The University of Queensland’s Dr Kenny Wolfe said fishery data collected along Australia’s primary sea cucumber fishing ground showed the need for regulatory changes.

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